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Mid-Acts

Mid-Acts

When did the church of whom Christ is head begin?

When did the church of which Christ is head begin? Some teach that the church Paul discusses in Ephesians and Colossians is the same as that which is mentioned in 1Cor 12 and which began with the salvation of Paul or shortly thereafter.  There are several positions that are followed in Christianity.  The main positions are Acts 2, Mid-Acts (Acts 9 or 13)  and Acts 28.  To answer the question, you must study the context and message of Paul, Peter and others presented during that timeframe in scripture.  This is no small matter for many inferences come from the decision you make. So, what saith the scripture?

 

Articles

January 17th, 2016

There are two schools of thought in regard to the special revelation that God gave Paul regarding the Gentiles (Colossians 1:25-27.)  There is a group of good, dedicated Christians who adhere to the Acts 13 position and there is another group of good, dedicated Christians who cling to the Acts 28 position.  Having been in both groups at different times and having great respect for the leaders in both of these positions, I will list what I believe are the scriptural reasons I have selected one position over the other.

October 5th, 2014

Introduction:

Last week we discussed the problem of divisions that developed in the Corinthian assembly under the context of a ministry began by the Lord and continued into the Acts period. How could "the Mystery" of Eph 3 or Col 1 have been revealed and expounded in Acts when the apostles were not to be interpreted as teaching different things? Surely the summary evidence of 1:10-13 is that the Corinthians were to be of one mind and Judgment because Christ's doctrine was also Peter's and  Paul's and that this originated in the gospels and continued into the time of the Acts. Christ could not be divided, Peter and Paul were cardinally in agreement. While Paul called them alongside himself -- it was done by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. When Paul said be ye followers of me he also added "even as I also am of Christ"  1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1Co 11:1 KJV)
It is within the context of begetting them through the gospel and his work "in Christ Jesus" Paul exhorts them: KJV  1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. (1Co 4:16 KJV)

September 15th, 2014

Introduction

In part 1 we looked at the first 9 verses of chapter 1 where we learn't a great deal about the context and economy in which Paul was labouring. Many contrasts were shown between the Acts age and ours. These were necessarily drawn in order to distinguish our own calling with the Corunthian's and to show the movement of the Spirit from His Acts signs and wonders confirmatory work to a new ministry of unveiling the Mystery.

September 13th, 2014

Introduction

Why study the book of First Corinthians? This book gives a good look into the Acts economy and to the personality of Paul. When we study this epistle we will appreciate many issues of the first ministry of Paul during a time when Israel was first and God was respecting and honouring his covenanted people, the nation of Israel. Many issues of today relate directly to the topics addressed in this epistle such as speaking in tongues 1Cor 12-14; factions within the church 1:11,12; abuses of the Lord's supper; taking of blievers to law before the unbeliever  6:1-8;  food and idols 8:1-3;  marriage and how it should work in the "time is short" age of the Acts 7:1-40 and the issue of people denying the resurrection 15:12.

August 4th, 2014

Straw Men and Misrepresentation 

Many who are unaccustomed to Acts 28 right division  will find the teaching here, at first glance, hard to digest. One reason for this is that the teaching of Biblical doctrine has given way to and replaced by entertainment in many churches. The other reason is that Acts 28 teaching lays to rest many of the sacred cows of confessing christianity though this is not by any means the only fruit that it produces. If something is seen only in terms of negatives, that is if Acts 28 teaching is seen only in terms of denying this or denying that so that the message one gets is a long list of doctrines that are negated this can have the effect of turning many would be investigators into righteously indignant detractors.

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November 11th, 2018
My Gospel - Part 4

The lesson on November 11, 2018 was part 4 of the "My Gospel" study.  This lesson again wraps up the three references the Apostle Paul made to his gospel.  Wayne took time to explain in his own life how he became a christian and the journey he went through starting from an Acts 2 position then eventually moving to a Mid-Acts view because he found that C.R.

My Gospel - Part 04
March 4th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 13

The lesson on March 4, 2018 was part 13 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This was the final lesson in this series and Wayne provides a recap of why the scripture seems clear that the church which is His body where Christ is the head was created new after Acts 28.  When we studied the body of Christ that was formed in the Acts period, the attributes of this body have a different hope than that is defined in Ephesians.  We did learn that when PAul wrote Ephesians, God gave gifts to individuals to minister to the body of Christ who came through the Acts 28 boundary because they needed mending to understand what has been now created new.  There is no evolution involved because when PAul describes the same body, it wasn't saying the same body of Christ that was in the Acts but rather the Jews and Gentiles were now in this newly created body where Christ is the head.  The scripture reading was from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 13
February 25th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 12

The lesson on February 25, 2018 was part 12 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This week Wayne takes an even deeper look at the message of transition from the Jew and Gentile to compare what was taught to the Gentiles after a Jewish group rejected what was taught.  It looks at the message including the kingdom of God which was preached by Paul in Acts 28:23 and in Acts 28:31.  Did it change after Acts 28:28?  No.  At some point in time after Acts, PAul received the Mystery by revelation and wrote Ephesians where he writes about the gifts of categories in chapter 4 that we certain individuals gifted (Eph 4:12-13 KJV) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.  Wayne presents a model that is unique in how it explains the transition of the body of Christ into the post Acts period where the one body exists which is described as the church which is His body where Christ is the head.  Be sure an look at the charts provided in the handout to see the model that is being presented.  The scripture reading was from John 10:11-16 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 12
February 18th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 11

The lesson on February 18, 2018 was part 11 of "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  Wayne continued the thought of comparing the body of Christ metaphor to the church which is his body digging deeper in scripture to find evidence that the gifts that were given during Acts were fading away and those gifts given with the revelation of the Mystery were individuals who were mending the previous body of Christ into the new calling and the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ.  We also looked at the laying on of hands were part of the old economy which we read in Numbers and Ezekiel.  The gifts that were part of the Acts period slowly faded away and all that we have left now is the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ which is key to the blessed hope we have in the Mystery.  The scripture reading was from 2 Timothy 1:1-6 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 11
February 11th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 10

The lesson on February 11, 2018 was part 10 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This lesson looks again at the metaphor of the body of Christ, comparing how in Acts, how members could be parts of the head like eyes or ears but after Acts 28, Christ is the head and we are holding the head as members of the body.  Further, Wayne looked again at the gifts given after Acts 28 and studied the reason why these gifts of Apostles, Prophets, Pastors and Teachers were needed because they existed in Acts.  It was offered that the reason they were needed was answered in Ephesians 4:12-13 KJV "12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:".  The body that existed in Acts crossed the border of Acts 28 and was fading.  These gifts were given to readjust those Christians to the new hope of unsearchable riches in Christ.  Eventually, all the gifts of the Acts period faded away and all that was left was the one body where Christ is head.  The scripture reading was from Numbers 11:24-30 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 10

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June 21st, 2014

When I began my christian life at the age of 21 in a small Baptist chuch in rural New Zealand I knew little of the bible and even less of its doctrine. I knew that I was saved by grace and that was a huge step from darkness to light, while not a library of knowledge it at least found me secure in the beloved.

July 4th, 2014

κεφαλή

Some who defend the mid-Acts position say that "because Christ is the head of the church present in the book of Acts and is also the head of the church that is mentioned by Paul from prison that we cannot assume any fundamental difference between these two companies" -- I am quoting because I don't believe their assumptions are correct nor do I believe their conclusions are correct.

July 6th, 2014

The Olive Tree - are we graft in? This question seems to have an obvious answer. "Of course we are graft into the olive tree because that is what Romans 11:17 says!" Lets read it together:

17  (AV) And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
17  (TR) ει δε τινες των κλαδων εξεκλασθησαν συ δε αγριελαιος ων ενεκεντρισθης εν αυτοις και συγκοινωνος της ριζης και της πιοτητος της ελαιας εγενου

Before answering this we will back up a little and discover important and interesting contextual information about the book we are reading from. The epistle of Paul to the Romans is a book of huge consequence because it lays down some very clear truths concerning justification by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is undeniable and is affirmed by the present author. But what is also true and must also be equally affirmed is that the book is written in an age when Jew was first Rom. 1:16

July 6th, 2014

The roots of the Lord's supper. 

A concordance of the expression "this is my body" gives the following results:

July 22nd, 2014

Should we water baptize today and is the mid-Acts position logically right?

The answers are No and No.

Though a conclusion is affirmed correct this does not mean that the logical process used to attain the result is correct. It is not simply good enough to have a correct conclusion we must have correct argumentation. A mid-acts view of the scriptures will lead to some incorrect conclusions and ultimately to faith that is shipwrecked. Lets look at the subject of baptism and statements Paul has made in 1 Corinthians.

The logic goes something like this:

Charts

Acts Period Books

  • Acts
  • Hebrews
  • Galatians
  • Romans
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Jude
  • Revelation

Here are some dispensational characteristics of the Acts Period.

Three Divisions of the New TestamentThis chart was presented by Mike Penny during his October 2009 seminar on Numbers in the New Testament. It looks at the number of occurences for topics in the Gospel Period books, the Acts Period books and the Post Acts Period books and shows when something has changed statistically speaking.  This is a great way to look at dispenstional changes by seeing how some topics are not present in the Post Acts period books of the Bible.

Acts Period Books

  • Acts
  • Hebrews
  • Galatians
  • Romans
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Jude
  • Revelation

Here are some dispensational characteristics of the Acts Period.

Gospel Period Books

Acts Period Books Post Acts Period Books
Matthew Hebrews Galatians Ephesians
Mark James 1 Thessalonians Colossians
Luke 1 Peter 2 Thessalonians Philemon
John 2 Peter 1 Corinthians Philippians
  1 John 2 Corinthians Titus
  2 John Romans 1 Timothy
  3 John Acts 2 Timothy
  Jude    
  Revelation    
       

  

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Foreward in the book (by David F. Webber, 1984, Oklahoma City, OK)

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